What Parents Need to Know

As a parent, we all know that the internet can be a wonderful tool for us all to learn, share and explore via the comfort of our own home from whatever device we choose. We didn’t grow up with the internet at our fingertips, but your kids have. This is how they communicate. Social Networks can be a fantastic place for your kids to stay in touch with their friends and make new friends but the internet is a big place and with it comes dangers. It is important that your kids are taught how to use the internet safely in a practical way, protect themselves and behave in a positive manner online as you have taught them offline.

As a parent, the aim is to know more than or at least as much about the internet as your own child does. If your child knows more than you do, they will always be able to manoeuvre their way around any restrictions you set. First let’s look at the dangers, identify them and tell you how to counteract them.

So what are the risks for kids using the internet?

Internet predators are people who lie about their age and pretend to be of an age that is similar to your child’s. They can do this with great ease, as all interaction happens from behind a screen with no verification process. These internet predators target children and lure them into meeting them or disclose information/pictures etc without a parent’s knowledge. This process isn’t one that happens overnight either, as this interaction might last for weeks/months or even years, until the predator has built up trust with your child. These internet predators unfortunately exist on most social networks. Predators can be anyone, anywhere, working in any profession.

So what is CyberSmarties? is the first, safe educational social network for primary school kids and its FREE. Cybersmarties is only for kids, no adults are allowed – each child is authenticated as a real child.

80,150 + Members,
.0018% instances of cyberbullying

Cybersmarties is fully monitored and is a fully locked down system. No data is kept on any child and kids cannot upload pictures of themselves (They use fun avatars instead). Over 80,150+ kids are currently using CyberSmarties which uses behavioural technology combined with education to teach children positive online behaviour, eliminate cyber-bullying and protect their online presence. There have been .0018% instances of cyberbullying on Cybersmarties to date – We’re very proud of that.

But CyberSmarties is about having fun too!

CyberSmarties provides kids with a Locked Down and Safe Space where they can watch videos, listen to music, chat, play games, send jokes, update their profiles and so much more! It’s jam packed with entertainment.

We look at the whole child

As parents we have learned life lessons. We know that life can sometimes be cruel, unfair and unreasonable. We like to instil positive behavioural habits in children which will provide them with the coping mechanisms to deal with life as well as have a positive outlook and be happy. Every day, 7 days a week, each child is sent positive messages and videos to boost self-esteem and confidence. We provide videos on meditation (proven in UK schools to help calm children and help them concentrate), nutrition, physical education, learn how to code to help logic and reasoning and so much more. Cybersmarties encourages continuous positivity in a locked down safe space to allow kids to be kids.

How to protect your child if they’re not on CyberSmarties

Restrictions and filters

Although there are many additional online safety tools for parents that can be purchased online, did you know that most internet browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Opera and Microsoft Internet Explorer/Edge comes with standard and free parental control option that just needs to be activated? If you follow these easy steps, you can protect inappropriate websites from your child.

  • Google Chrome - Free Parental Filter Add-on - LINK
  • Apple's Safari - Parental Controls Internet content filter - LINK
  • Childrens Windows 10 Accounts - How to Set up Microsoft Family with Windows 10 - LINK
  • Mozilla Firefox - Free Parental Filter Add on - LINK
  • Facebook Parents Portal - LINK